Music Review >> Haley Reinhart – ‘Listen Up!’

There’s something to be said for taking your time to create the right album, and Haley Reinhart makes more than a solid case for this with her debut album, Listen Up! Continue reading Music Review >> Haley Reinhart – ‘Listen Up!’

Music Review >> Scotty McCreery – ‘Clear As Day’

This past May, Scotty McCreery was announced the winner of American Idol season 10 and five months later, the now 18-year-old singer has released his debut album, Clear As Day. McCreery worked on the album this past summer while headlining the American Idols Live! tour, which took him all over the U.S., Canada, and the Philippines.
Clear As Day producer Mark Bright had nothing but praise for the singer. “His voice is shockingly great,” he said in a press release. “Everybody knows Scotty has a deep voice, but what a lot of people don’t know is that he has a pretty high range. His listeners will get to hear the nuances, emotions, and actual range of his voice.”
Clear As Day kicks off with “Out of Summertime,” which was originally slated to be McCreery’s Idol coronation single. It’s a sweet, uptempo number in which the singer looks back on a summer love. Truth be told, I think it would have made an excellent follow-up single to McCreery’s first one, “I Love You This Big.” Nevertheless, McCreery’s second single, “The Trouble With Girls,” is quite charming. His voice combined with the song’s lyrics (“They smile that smile, they bat those eyes, they steal you with hello, they kill you with goodbye”) have the ability to make any girl swoon. Continue reading Music Review >> Scotty McCreery – ‘Clear As Day’

Listen to Song Previews From Tim Halperin’s Upcoming Album, Rise & Fall

Tim Halperin’s full-length debut album, Rise & Fall,  is set to be released in just under two weeks on September 27 via iTunes.

Check out the video below for song previews from Rise & Fall, including: “I Wanna Fall in Love,” “Crash Course to Hollywood,” “I Gotta Know,” “Pretty Girls,” “New York,” and “American Fame”!

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Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss Duet on “Summer Rain”

Okay, so calling it a  duet is bit of a stretch, but Darren Criss does play guitar and sing-a-long while Matthew Morrison sings the lead single of his debut self-titled album, “Summer Rain” in the video below.

Afterwards, the two sing a mash-up of “Great Balls of Fire” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”

I’m sorry Matthew, but not even having Darren perform with you can make me like that song of yours. You should start performing, “Still Got Tonight” ASAP.

Matthew Morrison’s debut self-titled album is out today! You can download his second single, “Still Got Tonight” (co-written by Kris Allen) for FREE on iTunes!

Music Review >> Kimberly Caldwell – Without Regret

A word that comes to mind upon hearing the name Kimberly Caldwell is drive. Caldwell was a contestant during season two of American Idol in 2003. Now, eight years later she’s gearing up to release her debut album, Without Regret.

“I’ve been a performer my entire life and everything I’ve done has led up to this moment,” Caldwell stated in a press release.

Caldwell grew up in Katy, Texas where her love of country music and desire to perform led to her appearing on the original Star Search as a child. She won five times. When she was 12-years-old, her family moved to Branson, Missouri after Caldwell landed a gig with a singing revue called, “Country Tonite.” Three years later, when she was 15, Caldwell was ready to head back to Katy, and be a normal teenager.

American Idol had an audition stop in Texas during their second season of the singing competition. Caldwell auditioned and made it all the way through to the Top 7 in that season’s competition.

Caldwell’s album, Without Regret was produced by Marshall Altman, Tommy Henrikson, John-Mark Baxter Seltzer, and MachoPsycho.

Without Regret overall is a pretty good mix of music. The standout tracks on the album include “Mess of You,” “Heart of Mine,” and Caldwell’s single, “Desperate Girls & Stupid Boys.”

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